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Driver shot at police during 105 mph chase, before shooting self in head

The driver is undergoing treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

State authorities are investigating a police "use of force" incident on Tuesday evening after a high-speed chase and shootout with a fleeing suspect, who then suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The incident started around 5:05 p.m. in Todd County in central Minnesota, where local sheriff's deputies tried to conduct a traffic stop near Browerville relating to an "ongoing investigation of suspected criminal activity."

The driver fled however, sparking a pursuit on County Road 16 in Morrison County that at times reached speeds of 105 mph.

During the course of the chase, the driver shot at pursuing police, though with no injuries reported.

The chase came to an end on southbound Hwy. 10, where the driver lost control and struck a tree near Cushing.

The driver then failed to follow commands to exit the vehicle. Officers began firing bean bag rounds to knock out the back window, and then fired chemical munitions into the car.

As they approached the car, they found the driver with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, which had been self-inflicted.

He was taken to St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls and then was airlifted to North Memorial in Robbinsdale.

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One of the officers who fired beanbag or chemical munitions rounds have been identified as Little Falls PD Officer Joshua Burgardt, a veteran of 13 years.

The other officer, an employee with Morrison County Sheriff's Office, has not been identified, as they qualify for protection under state law.

No officers were wearing body cameras at the time, though the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will examine dashcam footage to see if it captured the incident.

A handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle.

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